By Elizabeth Hur
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia police officer was struck and dragged by a vehicle in the city’s Olney neighborhood Tuesday evening.
It happened shortly before 8 p.m. in the 300 block of West Olney Avenue.
Authorities say the 35th District officer was making a traffic stop when for some reason, the driver suddenly sped off, dragging the officer for about a block.
The 26-year-old officer was taken to Einstein Medical Center. At last check, he was listed in stable condition with a broken left ankle as well as bumps, bruises and road rashes to his head, face, both arms and lower body.
Authorities were searching for the driver’s 2011 black Ford F150 but later found it unoccupied on the 5600 block of Ormes Street, less than a mile from the accident.
Police say prior to fleeing the scene, the driver gave the officer his license and registration information. Police have not yet released the suspect’s name but described him as a 27-year-old male with a light complexion who according to his license is 6’2” tall and weighs 170 lbs. Police say he also has various tattoos on his arms, shoulders, chest and lower back. He was last seen wearing a white tank top and dark-colored cargo shorts.
Police say officers are checking his last known address in Norristown as well as places he is known to frequent in Philadelphia.
Authorities also recovered a gun just a block away from where the pick up truck was abandoned. Police are trying to figure out if the gun is connected to this case.